I’m not big into horse racing at all, but there’s definitely a change in the air when the Kentucky Derby Festival kicks off every year. From the first jet streaking across the sky during Thunder Over Louisville to Derby Day and the placing of the garland of roses on the winning horse, there is a lot to do and see, even if you never step foot into the stands at Churchill Downs.
I’ve followed Melissa Mortenson over at The Polkadot Chair for a few years now, and I love reading her take on local trends and crafts that are Derby related. So when she teamed up with Riley Blake and designed Derby Style, I knew I HAD to use it for something! The best part was that I was able to find it at a Louisville’s own Among Friends Quilt Shop. Talk about shopping local, right?
I had my fabrics….but I was lost as to what pattern I should use. I had planned on a sweet tunic with some fun, striped capris, but realized I only had 1/2 yard of knit. So plan B led me back to one of my favorite Izzy & Ivy patterns to hack: Evie! I left the bodice as is, but gave the skirt a little more fullness and combined a few tiers of stripwork.
To embellish the skirt, I used this fun, gingham ric rac made by Wrights, believe it or not! I also just happened to have this gorgeous yellow cluny lace from Little Red Cottage on Etsy, and it picks up the yellow in the bowties just perfectly! I couldn’t have planned it to turn out this well!
I just love how the extra fullness of the skirt gives it those deep folds. Not quite as twirly as my little diva would like, but she can deal. She loves that it has horses and bows on it. Happy girl.
i also love this front tie. One of my favorite features of Evie.
And in lieu of a Derby hat, we went for a fascinator headband, complete with millinery netting, feathers, and a sweet pink rosette.
A little over the top, but when in Rome, rigth?
Until next time!by